The Humans by Matt Haig

Title: The HumansAuthor: Matt HaigPublisher: Simon & SchusterExpected Release: July 2, 2013Source: publisher (NetGalley)Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodreadsSynopsis (from Goodreads):The narrator of this tale is no ordinary human—in fact, he’s not human at all. Before he was sent away from the distant planet he calls home, precision and perfection governed his life. He lived in a utopian society where mathematics transformed a people, creating limitless knowledge and immortality. But all of this is suddenly threatened when an earthly being opens the doorway to the same technology that the alien planet possesses. Cambridge University professor Andrew Martin cracks the Reimann Hypothesis and unknowingly puts himself and his family in grave danger when the narrator is sent to Earth to…

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Opera A to Z by Liddy Lindsay

Title: Opera A to ZAuthor: Liddy LindsayPublisher: Pinwheel BooksExpected Release: June 30, 2013Source: publisher (NetGalley)Publisher Website | GoodreadsSynopsis (from Goodreads):Opera A to Z: A Beginner’s Guide to Opera is an overview of the most famous operas and opera characters of all time; one for each letter of the alphabet. The book was written with children ages eight to twelve in mind, but it is sure to delight young and old alike with its engaging summaries of twenty-six renowned operas. The book is based on a 27 x 40 watercolor that took author and illustrator Liddy Lindsay two years to complete and has become a bestseller as notecards and Giclée prints at The Met Opera Shop in New York.Opera A to…

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Staying Organized with Spreadsheets

I've gotten to the point where I now heavily rely on my Google Drive spreadsheet to plan ahead and stay organized, making sure I read, review, and give feedback in a timely manner. Thankfully, I completed the mini-challenge Lauren at Lose Time Reading hosted back in March for Bloggiesta. Here's a video showing how I use spreadsheets to keep my book blogging organized:Definitely head over to Lose Time Reading to read Lauren's wonderfully detailed post. She covers a bit more of the how-to of setting up a spreadsheet, complete with screenshots. You can also see other examples of how to organize this info. Lauren does it a bit differently, and in the comments section of that post are some links to…

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Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Title: Divergent (Divergent #1)Author: Veronica RothPublisher: Katherine Tegen BooksReleased: February 2012Source: my personal libraryAmazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodreadsSynopsis (from Goodreads):In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself. During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris…

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Guest Post: The Art of Writing by Nancy Klann-Moren

Earlier this month I reviewed Nancy Klann-Moren's novel The Clock Of Life, a beautiful and profound story I haven't been able to stop thinking about. The characters felt so vivid and real; the remnants of their story has stayed with me.You can read excerpts from The Clock Of Life and read the short story "The Silver Twinkie" from Like The Flies On The Patio on Nancy's website. You can also connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.Nancy was generous enough to write the following guest post for the blog today (thanks, Nancy!). I hope you enjoy reading her thoughts on the art of writing as much as I have. Looking forward to a great discussion in the comment section!The Art of WritingWe all…

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Small Fry Saturday: The Frogs and Toads All Sang

Small Fry Saturday is a meme inspired by The Well-Read Redhead, showcasing books our children enjoy.This week's pick is:Title: The Frogs and Toads All SangAuthor: Arnold LobelIllustrator: Adrianne LobelPublisher: HarperCollinsReleased: May 2009Source: borrowed from local libraryAmazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodreadsSynopsis (from Goodreads):From Caldecott Medalist Arnold Lobel (1933-1987) comes a brand-new collection of rhyming stories about frogs and toads. Discovered by his daughter, Adrianne Lobel, The Frogs and Toads All Sang has the same warmth, compassion, and humor that is found in his best-loved work. Brimming with sweet silliness, this new book reminds us why Arnold Lobel's characters continue to be so popular years after debut.Our family is familiar with the early-reader format of Arnold Lobel's Frog and Toad stories,…

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Reading Challenges Update

A quick update on current challenges:I'm aiming for a Gold Star (30+ books). So far this year I've read 18 titles from NetGalley. This should be no problem!When I joined this challenge, I thought I'd reread a bunch of Murakami challenge. Sadly, I haven't done any of that yet. Other books have taken up my time and I just haven't been in the mood to reread like I thought I would. However, I did read the chunkster 1Q84 which is basically three books in one! ;)  So I feel okay about that. And there are still 7 more months left in the year...I have a couple of books ready to read but I never really set a definite goal for…

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Have You Tried Riffle?

Riffle is a new book discovery tool with a Pinterest feel. It's brand new, and developers are working hard to have more features up and running.I see a lot of promise over there! I'd like to see a mobile app, more ways to connect with other users, the ability to mark more than one book as "currently reading," as well as some other functions. You can make suggestions about what you'd like to see on Riffle, as well as vote for suggestions left by other users.And the list feature is fun. I have one for this year's non-fiction reads, another one for this year's fiction reads, a list for quality children's picture books, and well as more specific lists such…

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W… W… W… Wednesday

To play along, just answer the following 3 questions:1. What are you currently reading?2. What did you recently finish reading?3. What do you think you’ll read next?Currently Reading:   Recently Finished:    Coming Up Next:    

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Release Day Review: Sea Change by S.M. Wheeler

Title: Sea ChangeAuthor: S.M. WheelerPublisher: Tor BooksReleased: June 18, 2013Source: publisher (NetGalley)Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodreadsWatch the trailer!Synopsis (from Goodreads):The unhappy child of two powerful parents who despise each other, young Lilly turns to the ocean to find solace, which she finds in the form of the eloquent and intelligent sea monster Octavius, a kraken. In Octavius’s many arms, Lilly learns of friendship, loyalty, and family. When Octavius, forbidden by Lilly to harm humans, is captured by seafaring traders and sold to a circus, Lilly becomes his only hope for salvation. Desperate to find him, she strikes a bargain with a witch that carries a shocking price. Her journey to win Octavius’s freedom is difficult. The circus master…

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